which ones have you read?

A few days ago the Guardian published the results of a poll of librarians asking, "what book should every adult read before they die?" Below is the list, and I've bolded the ones that I've read. Feel free to pass it on and do the same.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Bible

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien (actually, I think I quit halfway through the third book, but I'm counting it anyway)

1984 by George Orwell

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

All Quiet on the Western Front by E M Remarque

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Tess of the D'urbevilles by Thomas Hardy

Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn

Looks like I have some reading to do!


I have about a dozen on that list. I would also add all of CS Lewis, not just his Lion, Witch and Wardrobe but his Apologetics as well. On a related note Chesterton and Tolkein-who was a contemporary of Lewis should be high up on the list as well.


My recommendations for Must Read: Black Holes and Time Warps, by Kip Thorne; The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck; Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison; The Bear, by Marian Engel.